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Harry Sello papers

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The Harry Sello papers hold materials collected or created by Sello over the course of his career as an engineer at Shockley Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor, as an independent consultant, and as an expert witness. The papers span 1954 through 2008 with the bulk of the collection being from 1960 to 1995. Most of the papers are professional in nature, having been collected over the course of his career.

The first section of the papers relates to his work at Shockley and Fairchild. Types of materials include department rosters, travel schedules and notes, technology briefing presentations, and internal memos and reports. The materials chronicle his early work as an engineer, his management of SGS Italy, and his work negotiating international technology alliances and agreements. Additionally, Sello saved materials related to chip history as well as lectures that he presented outside of Fairchild during the 1960s and 1970s. Sello’s professional papers also include materials from his work as an independent consultant beginning in 1982 under the name Harry Sello & Associates. These materials include presentation notes and slides, proposals for seminars, notes from conferences and seminars that he participated in, and articles that he wrote. Most of the materials pertain to international licensing of technology and come from events sponsored by groups such as the US Department of Commerce and the American Electronics Association. Finally, there is material related to his work as an expert witness during the 1990s on cases such as Cyrix Corporation v. Texas Instruments v. Intel Corp. and Micron Semiconductor Inc. v. Texas Instruments. This area of documentation includes correspondence and research materials such as copies of testimonies and depositions, patents, and licensing agreements.

While most of the materials in the collection pertain to Sello’s professional work, there are some personal files scattered throughout the collection. These files include his resumes, press clippings that mention Sello or his work, awards, and materials related to Fairchild and Shockley commemorative and reunion events.

Finally, the collection holds one box of mixed photographic and audiovisual material, most of which is related to Sello’s work at Fairchild. It includes over 500 35mm slides, as well as about 50 prints, ranging in date from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Topics include seminar and lecture slides, marketing designs, briefings on Fairchild technologies, Fairchild group trips, and Fairchild facilities. In addition, there are photographs documenting professional groups that Fairchild hosted, such as a 1973 group sent from the USSR. Also included are 16 glass slides from a Fairchild 1965 presentation titled “Recent Results in the Diffusion of Silicon.” There are three VHS tapes related to Advanced Micro Devices and microelectronics, as well as one audiocassette.


1954-2008; bulk 1960-1995


Sello, Harry


6.25 linear feet in 5 record cartons


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Evidence, Expert; Fairchild Semiconductor; semiconductors; Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory

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Harry Sello papers


Gift of Sheila Sello

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